Thanks to everyone who’s entered the Artograph Projector Giveaway so far and helped spread the word about it!! Just a reminder to please leave a separate comment for each of your entries (following, liking on FB, posting on your blog, etc.) I’m going to be drawing a comment number at Random, and I want you to have all the entries you are entitled to! 🙂 Also, if you have not yet done it, please make sure that you have an email address associated with your Google profile. This way, I can get a hold of you if you win! It also makes is SO much easier for me and other bloggers to personally respond to your lovely comments. 🙂 Here’s how you do it: Go to your Blogger dashboard.
Click on “Edit Profile.”
Make sure the e-mail address listed is the one you want people to respond to.
Check “show my e-mail” under the privacy settings. Most of you, I’m sure, have heard of the quite lovely Miss Mustard Seed. If you haven’t, I’m thrilled to introduce you to her! Her blog is a wealth of inspiration, and her growing success as a business woman in a creative enterprise has emboldened me and countless others to follow our dreams of making lovely things for others to enjoy. One of my favorite things Marian makes are her vintage inspired signs that she creates using (what else?) a projector! Here’s her tutorial on how she goes about making her fantastic old (looking) signs:
I am finally coming good on my promise to reveal some of my sign-making secrets. Before you get intimidated and think, “I can’t paint. I can’t draw. My lettering always ends up looking all funky and like a second grader made it.” Let me assure you that anyone can make these signs.
Once the paint is dry, sand it gently to distress and apply an antique glaze over the entire piece to bring it all together. I generally use dark walnut wood stain on my signs. If there is original paint on the antique door, I’ll sand (wearing a respirator) and seal it with polycrylic before painting the sign. Please read my post on lead paint, if you’re unaware of the dangers.
Thanks to Miss Mustard Seed, Marian, for helping to get the word out about this giveaway, and for permission to repost her fantastic tutorial! If you haven’t done so yet, make sure you enter the giveaway and you could win yourself a brand new Artograph Super Prism Projector and be on your way to creating gorgeous signs like these!